The search for a missing teen with autism in Wichita Falls ends on Friday afternoon after he was found safe near Cunningham Elementary School.
The search lasted about three hours and involved up to 15 police units but it was a UPS driver delivering packages on his route whose keen eye and use of technology helped give this story a happy ending.
Chris Koru, a UPS delivery man, says he is trained to pay attention and be aware of his surroundings.
"This one time it paid off," Koru says.
Koru was making deliveries around Cunningham Elementary on Friday afternoon when he saw 17-year-old Robert Adams walking down a neighborhood street.
Adams has autism and had been reported missing around 2 p.m. by his parents after he didn't come from school.
"I proceeded on my next couple of stops. Pulled over to check my phone for the weather because it was starting to drizzle a little more and on the web page, it was his picture saying missing autistic kid," Koru says.
He says he saw Adams picture on Texomashomepage mobile app.
"I didn't think anything about it until I saw on the page and saw he looked familiar. Kind of matched the description of him," Koru exclaims.
He says he drove around until he spotted Adams again and called police.
He says he never approached the teen but guided police to his location.
"I didn't think know if it would have frightened him, if he would have ran so I just waited for the police to show up and let them take over from there," Koru says.
Police are trying to determine if Adams got off the school bus at Dehaven and Mitzi and then wandered off or if he wandered away from Rider High school where he is a student.
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